A Biden administration task force tasked with reuniting separated families between Donald Trump, has joined up to 7 children.
An effort by U.S. President Joe Biden to reunite migrant families separated from the previous administration has so far been made. reunited Seven children with their parents, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report.
According to the 22-page progress report released Tuesday, at least 2,127 children are still believed separate, although she said the number is expected to change since the data is analyzed as “some children and parents have already reunited on their own”.
In the coming weeks, 29 families will be reunited.
Biden issued an executive order shortly after taking office that he established a task force for gather the children separated from their families on the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump, calling such separations a “human tragedy.”
The report, presented to Biden on June 2, is the 120-day progress report of the force field, a DHS official told Reuters news agency.
The Trump administration has divided thousands of migrant families under a blanket “Tolerance heaven” policy calling for the prosecution of all unauthorized border passengers in early 2018. Government watchdogs and lawyers have found that separations began before and continue after the policy.
The practice, which has provoked widespread condemnation, has been one of several restrictive policies put in place by the Trump administration to deter migrants from coming to the southern border of the United States.
The Biden working group, using information from lawyers and ongoing litigation, has identified about 3,900 children separated from their parents at the border and 1,700 cases that remain under review, the report said.
Of the 3,900 separated children identified, nearly 1,800 were reunited with one parent. Almost all of those happened before the task force was created, the report said.
Separated families have waited long enough.
The Biden administration must work quickly to reunite these families in the United States and provide them with permanent legal status, resources, and care.
There is no time to lose. https://t.co/2w7S7BM3nT
– the ACLU (@ACLU) June 8, 2021
In 2018 the American Union of Civil Liberties (ACLU) cited in question the Trump administration in federal court challenged what it called a “cruel and illegal practice” and demanded the reunion of families.
The Biden administration has promised to reunite parents who are still far away from their children, but the pace has been slow, and according to the report, the main challenge has been the fact that the Trump administration has not held or provided sufficient records of and families.
U the first four parents were returned to the United States last month, part of what the task force identified as an initial group of 62 people – 28 from Guatemala, 20 from Honduras, 13 from El Salvador and one from Mexico. Administration officials said 29 of the 62 have received final permission to return to the United States, which must happen after the trip is organized.
The report also provided data that had not been published before. Nearly 60 percent of children separated under the zero tolerance policy were Guatemalans (2,270), followed by Hondurans (1,150), Salvadorans (281), Mexicans (75), Brazilians (74) and Romanians (23).